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farthing

Definition:

a former British bronze coin worth a quarter of a penny

Class:

possession noun (possession and transfer of possession)

Usage:

archaic

Plural:

farthings

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

f. [acronym, archaic]

Etymology:

Old English feorðung "quarter of a penny", a diminutive derivative of feorða...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

New World Dictionary:

farthing

a former small British coin, equal to one fourth of a penny | a thing of little value; the least amount (20 of 37 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/farthing

Collins Dictionary:

farthing | jot [synonym, sense-specific]

a former British bronze coin, worth a quarter of an old penny, that ceased to be legal tender in 1961 | something of negligible value; jot (25 of 467 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/farthing

Wikipedia:

Farthing [disambiguation]

may refer to: Farthing (British coin), an old British coin valued one quarter of a penny | Farthing (English coin), the predecessor to the British farthing, prior to the union of England and Scotland. | Farthing (Irish coin), its counterpart among the ... (40 of 158 words, 9 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Farthing

Merriam-Webster:

farthing | mite [synonym, sense-specific]

a former British monetary unit equal to ; 14 ; of a penny ; a coin representing this unit | something of small value; "mite" (24 of 71 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/farthing

Oxford Dictionary:

farthing

a former monetary unit and coin of the UK, withdrawn in 1961, equal to a quarter of an old penny. | [with negative] : the least possible amount (27 of 66 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/farthing

Random House Dictionary:

farthing

a former bronze coin of Great Britain, equal to one-fourth of a British penny: withdrawn in 1961. | something of very small value. (22 of 37 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/farthing

American Heritage Dictionary:

farthing

[abbreviation] ; A coin formerly used in Great Britain worth one fourth of a penny. | Something of very little value. (20 of 36 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/farthing

Macmillan British Dictionary:

farthing [countable] | farthings [plural]

an old British coin worth a quarter of an old penny (11 of 36 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/farthing

Wiktionary:

farthing | farthings [plural]

Former British unit of currency worth one-quarter of an old penny. (11 of 29 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/farthing

Cambridge Dictionary:

farthing

a coin worth a quarter of a penny in old British money (12 of 17 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/farthing

Britannica Encyclopedia:

coin

a piece of metal or, rarely, some other material certified by a mark or marks upon it as being of a specific intrinsic or exchange value. The use of ... (29 of 1048 words, 46 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/124716​/coin

Columbia Encyclopedia:

coin

piece of metal, usually a disk of gold, silver, nickel, bronze, copper, aluminum, or a combination of such metals, stamped by authority of a ... (24 of 277 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/bus​/A​0812814​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

farthing | farthings [plural]

the lowest value or smallest amount | a former British coin worth a quarter of an old penny (17 of 60 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861610552​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

farthing

Origin: Old English feorðung "quarter of a penny", a diminutive derivative of feorða "fourth" (from feower "four") + -ing ... (18 of 83 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=farthing

Merriam-Webster:

farthing

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English ferthing, from Old English fēorthung (akin to Middle High German vierdunc fourth part), from Old English fēortha fourth

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/farthing

New World Dictionary:

farthing

Origin: Middle English ferthing from Old English feorthing, literally, a fourthling, fourth part, diminutive of feortha, "fourth"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/farthing

Oxford Dictionary:

farthing

Origin: Old English fēorthing, from fēortha "fourth", perhaps on the pattern of Old Norse fjórthungr "quarter"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/farthing

Wiktionary:

farthing | farthings [plural]

Origin: Old English feorðing ("a quarter"), from feorða ("fourth"), probably influenced by Old Norse fiórðungr

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/farthing

American Heritage Dictionary:

farthing

Origin: Middle English ferthing, from Old English fēorthung; see kwetwer- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/farthing

Collins Dictionary:

farthing

Origin: Old English fēorthing from fēorthafourth + -ing1

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/farthing

Encarta Dictionary:

farthing | farthings [plural]

Origin: Old English fēorthung "quarter of a penny" from fēortha "fourth" + -ing "fractional part"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861610552​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

farthing

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "farthing"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/farthing

Macmillan British Dictionary:

farthing [countable] | farthings [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "farthing"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/farthing

Macmillan American Dictionary:

farthing [countable] | farthings [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "farthing"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/farthing

Cambridge Dictionary:

farthing

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "farthing"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "farthing"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/farthing

the Free Dictionary:

farthing

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "farthing"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "farthing"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "farthing" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/farthing

Google Dictionary:

farthing | farthings [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "farthing"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=farthing

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

farthing

Audio: North American pronunciation of "farthing"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=farthi​01 word=farthing

YourDictionary Audio:

farthing

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "farthing" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/farthing

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